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Financial Consideration for Pet Ownership

By Health and Well-Being

Brown (2023) estimates that nearly 62% of Americans have a pet, and half of pet owners not only consider their pets to be a part of their family but say they are as much a part of their family as a human member. Financial professionals working with service members who have pets can help them research pet expense categories and factor in regular care costs into their monthly spending plan worksheet. 

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Food Security: Barriers and Strategies

By Health and Well-Being

A good friend recently expressed exasperation at trying to provide healthy meals within a budget. She wanted to know if she should spend more money for healthy food or go the unhealthy route of prepackaged instant food that fit her budget, is high in calories and low in nutrient density? She expressed a common frustration: it is not enough to have an adequate amount of food, people also need nutritious food.

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